Sun acquires Neogent for identity services, software

Sun last week said it would acquire Neogent and add its professional services and customized deployment toolkits to Sun's lineup of identity-management software.

Sun did not disclose terms of the deal, but said all of Neogent's 45 employees would join Sun. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.

Neogent, founded in 1999, has a team of consultants who specialize in deploying identity-management projects for mid- to large-sized companies. Neogent's line of Accelerator products born from its Velocity Lab are fixed-price identity-management packages built using a configuration toolkit the company developed.

Sun plans to inherit that model and offer fixed-priced deployments for such software as directories, access management, provisioning, identity auditing and federation .

It also plans to make Neogent's toolkits available to its customers and global services partners.

"Neogent has done hundreds of deployments," says Sara Gates, vice president of identity management at Sun. "And through that they were able to take what they learned and essentially have a configuration toolkit that allows them to do fixed-price and packaged deployments, because they can tell a customer this is what your Phase One should be. If you are trying to do Sarbanes-Oxley, they say here is the configuration you are going to need and we can do it in 45 days."

For example, Neogent's Accelerator Velocity Identity Package (VIP) combines provisioning with identity auditing into a predefined deployment package. Sun recently announced that Java System Identity Manager 7.0, a user-provisioning platform, would include integrated auditing features.

Neogent's current customers include AMD, Wells Fargo, American Airlines, Global Health Exchange, Cisco and DHL.

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